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9 Days
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Travel from Windhoek to Swakopmund visiting the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon and the Southern Namib Desert. See nature that has survived in these conditions for thousands of years.


Discover the breathtaking contrasts of Namibia on this 9 day journey that takes you from the Kalahari Desert, to Fish River Canyon and beyond.

One of the world’s largest deserts, the Kalahari is nonetheless an environment thriving with life including meerkat, giraffes, brown hyenas and even lions, specially adapted to living in this ‘Soul of the World’.

Fish River winds through Africa’s largest canyon, marked by spectacular geological formations and the unique Quiver Tree Forest. Go on to historic Aus, a village built by German prisoners in the First World War. Just west of here, you’ll visit Lüderitz, a coastal town known for its architecture and wildlife including seals, flamingos, penguins and ostriches.

Sossusvlei is a section of the Namib Desert marked by towering red dunes surrounding a salt and clay pan. For most visitors, this is Namibia’s star attraction. The area’s surreal landscapes and dazzling colours offer an Africa like no other. You’ll visit nearby Sesriem Canyon, a 35 metre deep gauge eroded into the desert floor.

Nestled at the southern end of the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund is a wetland area blessed with one of the continent’s most incredible sights, as hundreds of thousands of flamingoes descend on Walvis Bay’s lagoon to feed. Enjoy a day at leisure in Swakopmund with the option of a marine cruise, desert tour, scenic flight, quad biking and much more.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,509

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Day 1

Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African coutries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor thirstland is a fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the Soul of the World, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacias and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge Kalahari Desert

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    Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge Kalahari Desert



    Zebra Lodge is set in a panorama of open grassy plains, acacia woodlands and red sand dunes. A luxurious establishment, the cool interior reflects casual comfort. Each air-conditioned room has an en-suite bathroom. Guests can explore the Kalahari in open 4x4 vehicles, take guided walks …

    Zebra Lodge is set in a panorama of open grassy plains, acacia woodlands and red sand dunes. A luxurious establishment, the cool interior reflects casual comfort. Each air-conditioned room has an en-suite bathroom. Guests can explore the Kalahari in open 4x4 vehicles, take guided walks with bushmen trackers and trained guides, and relax around the pool or in the refined lounge overlooking the waterhole.

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Day 2

Fish River Canyon

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as "Giant's Playground". We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

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Duration1 Night
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Canyon Lodge

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    Canyon Lodge



    The 30 Bungalow Canon Lodge is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. Tall weather-beaten granite boulders mark the location of the lodge and form an integral part of the overall design. All suites are built out of natural rock. All units are thatched and …

    The 30 Bungalow Canon Lodge is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. Tall weather-beaten granite boulders mark the location of the lodge and form an integral part of the overall design. All suites are built out of natural rock. All units are thatched and equipped with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. The design of the bungalows was conceived with the idea to make you feel one with nature whilst enjoying a comfortable stay. Sometimes true luxury lies in simplicity. This location is perfect for singles, couples and small groups seeking leisure and adventure. It also houses an old farmhouse, originally built in 1908 by three Bavarian brothers, which has been restored to serve as the Lodge Restaurant. Its main attraction is an awe-inspiring view of the canyon landscape, which needless to say, makes a meal at the restaurant truly an experience not to be missed.

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    • Horseback Riding
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
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Day 3

Luderitz

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

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    Luderitz Nest Hotel



    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location. In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, …

    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location.
    In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, business facilities, room service, 24-hour security, sauna with sea-view, and private beach.
    All of the 70 air-conditioned rooms (62 twin bedded rooms and 8 double rooms) are sea-facing and feature en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath, heated towel rails, tea/coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom, heated towel rails, hairdryer, satellite television, radio and direct dial telephones.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Luderitz

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor's unique photo motives into a bygone era. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town.

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Day 5

Namib Desert

After an early breakfast we travel north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. Here we are located at the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sossusvlei Lodge

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    Sossusvlei Lodge



    The 45 en-suite room Sossusvlei Lodge is uniquely located in a vast Namibian desert. Be prepared to live a life of leisure when you enter this Namibia safari lodge. With attentive, well trained staff catering to your every need, it's no wonder that this Namibia …

    The 45 en-suite room Sossusvlei Lodge is uniquely located in a vast Namibian desert. Be prepared to live a life of leisure when you enter this Namibia safari lodge. With attentive, well trained staff catering to your every need, it's no wonder that this Namibia safari lodge is known as the friendliest lodge.
    The safari lodge is testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design, everything from the electricity to the activities are geared for eco-friendliness. Even the accommodation units at this Namibia safari lodge are uniquely constructed combining both tent and plaster so as to blend in as much as possible with the desert location and surroundings. It is a great location for travellers from couples to families who are seeking a change from the traditional destination.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
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Day 6

Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be mesmerized by the surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

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Day 7

Swakopmund

After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along scenic dune belts and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African time, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is fun.

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Duration2 Nights
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Strand Hotel Swakopmund

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    Strand Hotel Swakopmund



    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by …

    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean its 125 Rooms and Suites will offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: "gemütlich" providing a genuine "sense-of-place" atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit. Strand Hotel Swakopmund promises guests a warm Namibian welcome and a stay, during which they will be hosted in a relaxed, uncomplicated manner.

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    • Babysitting Services
    • Gym/Fitness Facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the playground of Namibia, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafes. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

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Day 9

Departure

After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for our return flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Nov 9
2020: Apr 4; Jun 27; Sep 5*; Oct 3
* Classic option not available on this departure

Note: These are English-only departures. Other multi-lingual departures are available please inquire.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Touring and transfers as indicated
  • Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Still Mineral Water on Bus
  • Activities as specified
  • Tourism levy and Government Taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum of 6 (Superior option) or 20 (Classic option) guests per departure. The tour departs around 8:00am on day one, therefore a pre night is required. It’s suggested to add a post night too.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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